Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Film Retrospective: Jan Nemec, "Pearls of the Deep"

Fri, December 6, 2013 | Marchesa Hall & Theater, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road

7:30 PM

Film Retrospective: Jan Nemec,



Friday, December 6th at 7:30pm

A Jan Nemec Czech Film

Part of the North American tour of "Independent of Reality:
The Film World of Jan Nemec"


Location: Marchesa Theater, 6226 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

The first full-career U.S. retrospective of director Jan Nemec, the enfant terrible of the Czechoslovak New Wave. The Austin leg of the North American Tour is presented by the Austin Film Society and Center for Russian, East European, Eurasian Studies. Produced by Comeback Company in partnership with National Film Archive, Prague, and Aerofilms. Curated by Irena Kovarova. 

Check out the trailer for the retrospective here!

All films on rare imported archival 35mm prints, in Czech with English subtitles. Directed and written by Jan Nemec, unless noted otherwise. All screenings will take place at the Marchesa Cinema

Tickets: $10 regular price, **$5 with a UT student ID**


PEARLS OF THE DEEP (Perlicky na dne) (1966, 107min) includes story directed by JN: THE IMPOSTORS (Podvodnici) With Milos Ctrnacty, Frantisek Havel. Considered a manifesto of the Czechoslovak New Wave, this anthology of five short films by five rising directors is based on a book by the venerable Bohumil Hrabal. Absurdist in style and turning attention to the individual, the writer broke with the socialist realism that was the dictate of the times. Nemec’s story is the most stylistically simple, about two elderly men sharing their illustrious life careers while spending time in hospital. The conclusion reveals that one of their best qualities was mastering the art of embellishment.

Sponsored by: Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies and the Austin Film Society

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